Survey takers, are the web site survey companies for real? By paying them, can you really take surveys for money or does it just make them money by paying them a subscription to their list?
Coleen, the RVing editor replies:
Taking Online Surveys for Pay
I think you've hit it on the head with your latter suggestion -- they make money when you pay a fee to sign up to work for them.
There are legitimate jobs doing surveys. However, if a company is hiring you to be a survey taker, they should be paying you. I don't know of any employer who charges a fee to an employee for filling a job position.
Now, just to clarify, if you are starting your own business, then you would have start-up fees. Those fees could legitimately include a membership fee, a franchise fee, a subscription fee, or the requirement that you buy a start-up kit. Starting a business is not getting a job, where you work for someone else -- it is becoming self-employed where you work for yourself.
I have heard from RVers who take online surveys for the fun of it. It seems there are plenty of places you can do so without having to pay a subscription fee. Some report receiving small checks. Mostly, it seems, they receive points that they might be able to later redeem for prizes or merchandise.